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Boston area Middle Eastern or Turkish grocery stores?

mselin Sep 4, 2005 12:04 PM

Does anyone know of any markets or grocery stores that sell things like dolma, yufka, jams, white cheese, etc? (preferably around somerville,arlington or cambridge, but I heard watertown might have some good places?)

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    Chris VR RE: mselin Sep 4, 2005 04:55 PM

    It's not to far from that area to Revere, where I like El Madina. I haven't been there for a little while so I'm not positive, but I don't think they have fresh cheeses and olives like the places in Watertown. But they have a decent selection of shelf, refrigerated and frozen supplies, as well as a meat counter. They also do some takeout but I've never tried it.

    El Madina
    148 Squire Road, Revere, MA 02151
    (781) 289-4344

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      ju RE: Chris VR Sep 4, 2005 08:57 PM

      Sevan in Watertown has fresh olives and cheeses, jams, cordials, homemade pastries, lamejun, etc. And there's Arax, one block away.

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        mselin RE: ju Sep 5, 2005 01:44 PM

        I tried to go to Arax, but it was closed, probably for labor day. Any preferences/differences between that and Sevan?
        Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions!

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          rxrfrx RE: mselin Sep 6, 2005 09:12 AM

          I've always liked Sevan more, mostly because the guys there seem nicer and the place used to be a lot cleaner than Arax... though I think they're both in good physical condition now.

          Also, the pizza thingies at Sevan (kaseri cheese and olives on a greasy crust) are fantastic.

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            Rose RE: rxrfrx Sep 6, 2005 08:39 PM

            I like Assis as well which is right in that area

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      Christina RE: mselin Sep 4, 2005 08:21 PM

      Sevan in Watertown should have pretty much anything you could want.

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        emdb RE: mselin Sep 5, 2005 06:36 PM

        Bob's Pita Bakery has middle eastern staples, dairy, vegetables and fresh pitas. They are in roslindale square.

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          mike RE: emdb Sep 5, 2005 09:52 PM

          Roslindale Fish market on Poplar supplements Bob's with superior cheese, olives and excellent fish, and John'r bakery also has round sesame breads, known as semit. Great with cheese.

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          Marmie RE: mselin Sep 6, 2005 10:19 AM

          The Syrian Market in the South End, beside Formaggio's and Franklin Cafe has lots of middle eastern foods.

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